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'Revenge Porn' Now Illegal in California

Publishing nude photos with the "intent to cause serious emotional distress" violates a "revenge porn" law signed Tuesday by Governor Jerry Brown and may result in up to six months in jail and/or $1,000 fine.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday to outlaw publishing so-called revenge porn online in California.

Senate Bill 255 (SB 255) makes posting graphic or naked images taken at one time with a mutual understanding they will remain private but later sharing said images online "with the intent to cause serious emotional distress" an invasion of privacy and illegal act equivalent to disorderly conduct.

The law was made effective immediately after Brown signed the bill Tuesday.
Violating the law is considered an invasion of privacy and being found guilty can mean up to six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

The bill was sponsored by State Senator Anthony Cannella.

"Revenge porn often begins when relationships end," a statement released by Cannella's office Tuesday said. "But what were once private photos taken with consent can later be shared with others, and then posted online at multiple sites without the subject’s knowledge or consent. Some websites even specialize in posting such materials, and charge the subjects unreasonable fees to take down the illicit photos."

Civil liberties advocates like American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) oppose the bill's overly vague attempt to restrict online activity, according to the Sacramento Bee.

What do you think of the new law? Share in comments.
Ssan Henry October 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM
So this is what gov't needs to work on
Common Sense October 03, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Give us a break, Gilbert. This is a pretty easy situation to KNOW if he's guilty or not. It's fairly well known that to post images of people in questionable situations, you get it in writing. It's EASY to do if she's down with it. If she wont'give permission in writing,then don't post it. SIMPLE. Guys like you, you can see a woman in the middle of being murdered and think the guy must be an innocent bystander asked by the rotten woman to stab her please, and to call the cops will probably "get an innocent guy in trouble." What a waste of humanity.
Common Sense October 03, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Patrick Perotti, for some reason your simple and common sense words are too sophisticated for most people these days. People make mistakes. It's not permission to vilify them and permanently ruin them.
FSHNT21 October 03, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Here's an idea... There is no other State in the country as screwed up as California. Why don't we just give California back to Mexico ? They already have half the population of the state, they wouldn't have to smuggle their dope and they could keep Nancy Pelosi as a bonus. The U.S. would lose a HUGE drain on it's resources and the Hollywood types would have all sorts of causes they could contribute to and the liberals there could write all the crazy laws they want.

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